SOLO Taxonomy (structure of observed learning outcomes) provides a by John Hattie (refer foreword in First Steps with SOLO Taxonomy) and John Biggs. Page 1. SOLO Taxonomy, Biggs’ Webpage academic/solo-taxonomy/. Page 2. Evaluating the Quality of Learning: The SOLO Taxonomy (Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome) (Educational Psychology Series) [John B. Biggs, Allen J.

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You can see more about SOLO on his blog. There is also a good explanation of SOLO on the learningandteaching.

I find the image above very useful when clarifying expectations of student learning at each level and when trying to adapt tasks to challenge students at the appropriate level.

My initial efforts using SOLO were concentrated on building a learning experience that allowed complexity both of thought and of response to be achieved. I made use of this type of student sheet: Example below from Nikki Barnes. My initial findings were that it really worked! Students were able to quickly develop their thinking to become more complex and the clear structure seemed to make more challenging tasks more accessible.

So far so good!

Ergogenic Aids Solo taxonomy Student task sheet. This initial success prompted me to continue to make use of the idea in my own teaching and also to share it with colleagues to see where it went. Fast forward six months and Nikki is presenting her experiences to the Thursday Morning Thriller crowd. She found broadly similar ideas to myself in that it helped students to make good progress.

Nikki organised her presentation of SOLO tasks in the same way that I had with the pre-structural ideas at the bottom and the extended abstract ideas at the top.

What became clear after a period of time was that the highest ability students were not making the anticipated progress because they were too diligent and were attempting every element of the tasks presented to them rather than defining their own entrance into the task at an appropriate point.


After this revelation Nikki addressed the issue by adjusting the way in which tasks were presented to the students; she changed the entrance point to the tasks, making it very clear to students that they had to start at the top of a sheet and only move to the layer of thinking below once they had struggled to meet the demands of the tasks and given it their best efforts.

Structure of observed learning outcome

This gave rise to positive student — teacher dialogue about areas of misconception and also the teacher has the opportunity to address the sticking points of learning with individual pupils supporting them to make progress. To ensure that students were not taking the easier option and falsely opting out without trying Nikki asked students to annotate the barriers stopping them from completing the tasks set at the most challenging level.

Samples of work shared made it clear that the introduction of SOLO as a concept into learning made it easier for students to make progress. It appears that work became more logically structured and sequenced with greater degrees of complexity being incorporated into written responses.

Overall the first forays into using SOLO seem to tsxonomy been very worthwhile. I am hearing anecdotal evidence of the use of SOLO broadening throughout the staff body with very positive results. Tazonomy you have made use of SOLO and would like taxonomt share ibggs ideas or top tips why not make a comment below?

There is a small but enthusiastic group of teachers using the SOLO taxonomy to structure their teaching in schools, and blogging about it.

Here are a few, in alphabetical order of authors:. They are making use of SOLO as part of their assessment without levels plan.

This really interesting post is well worth a read! Elaborate Interrogation Purple Pedagogy – February 26, What impact will the use of effective visual images on forming the sequencing of questioning have on the development of verbal responses from Y9 students?


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Example below from Nikki Barnes My initial findings were that it really worked! Ergogenic Aids Solo taxonomy Student task sheet This jihn success prompted me to continue to make use of the idea in my own teaching and also to share it with colleagues to see where it went. Here are a few, in alphabetical order of authors: Solo Taxonomy and MentorMob. Sharing Pedagogical Purposes With thanks to: The website below has a selection of SOLO based resource generators: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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